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Blackcomb's Marketing Department has a new manager. Mark Woodburn has been given the title of Marketing Manager, replacing Marketing Co-ordinator Teri Slavik-Tsuyuki. Slavik-Tsuyuki will continue to work for Blackcomb doing media buys but did not renew her contract as marketing co-ordinator. She will open her own marketing and consulting business in Vancouver and Whistler. Woodburn has been with Blackcomb since 1993 as an account executive and then sales manager. He will be responsible for the management of the Marketing and Public Relations Departments. Commuters and tourists travelling to and from Whistler can drive easy now. There are now only minor volume delays at the Cheakamus Canyon slide site on Highway 99, instead of the 45 minute delays each hour that have been in place all summer. On Aug. 9, the highway will be open to two lanes of traffic from midnight until 7 a.m., and open to one lane of alternating traffic between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. The stretch of road will then be open to two lanes of traffic until Aug. 12 when paving will start. Paving is not expected to cause an inconvenience to motorists. The province is crediting its photo radar program with slowing drivers down and reducing the number of fatal accidents on the B.C. Day long weekend. Of the 6,769 cars recorded passing the camera in Squamish last weekend only 1.19 per cent were photographed. The province is publicizing where photo radar cameras are set up in order to slow drivers down through those areas. Photo radar cameras are set up in areas that have had a history of accidents. Highways Minister Lois Boone noted there was only one traffic fatality in the province last weekend, whereas in 1994 there were five on the B.C. Day long weekend. Whistler tried to outlaw swearing last year but the City of Nelson may have gone one better by making hacky sack illegal. Last month Nelson city council made it illegal to play ball, Frisbee or any other similar game on any street or sidewalk within city limits. One councillor pointed to the inherent risk of hacky sack, saying "elbows and knees go out in various directions very fast." Hacky sack will still be allowed in parks and on private property.

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